Tile Maintenance

One of the great things about ceramic tile is that it's truly a low maintenance material.
Minimal effort will keep it looking great for years to come. A few steps taken once
your tile installation is will simplify maintenance considerably.

 

ROUTINE CERAMIC TILE CARE

Wipe glazed wall tiles periodically using a cloth or sponge dampened with a non oil-based
household cleaner. Vacuum glazed floor tiles regularly to remove dirt and other gritty
particles, then damp mop or sponge with an all-purpose, non oil-based cleaner. Remember not
to use ammonia, as it will discolor grout. Clean unglazed wall and floor tiles in a similar
manner using a solution of water and soapless detergent instead of an all-purpose cleaner.

GROUT CARE

Once the tile has been cleaned and dried (shortly after installation), grout joints should
be treated with a silicone sealer. Grout, the material used to fill the spaces between
tiles, is porous, and sealing it at this time will simplify maintenance in the future (Epoxy
grouts do not require a sealer). We recommend you apply a sealer at least twice a year for
maximum stain protection.

HEAVY DUTY CLEANING


Neglected or heavily trafficked tile may require more intensive cleaning. Clean glazed wall
tiles with a scouring powder or all-purpose cleaner applied to a non-metallic pad. Rinse and
wipe dry. For glazed floor tiles, use a commercial tile cleaner, or apply a strong solution
of an all-purpose, non oil-based cleaner or scouring powder paste. Let stand for five
minutes, brush and scrub. Then rinse with clean water and wipe dry.

For heavy-duty cleaning of unglazed wall tiles, make a paste of scouring powder. Apply to
surface and let stand for five minutes. Scour with brush, rinse and wipe dry. Unglazed floor
tiles can be cleaned in the same manner. Though a small brush is suitable for most floors,
you may want to use a scrubbing machine for large areas.
To clean badly soiled countertops, apply a solution of scouring powder and very hot water.
Let stand for five minutes, scrub with a stiff brush and rinse. Soap scum, mildew stains and
hard-water deposits may be removed from ceramic tile using cleaning products that are
commonly available at your local supermarket or home improvement store. With soft water, use
an all-purpose, non oil-based cleaner. Allow to stand for five minutes before lightly
scrubbing with a sponge. Rinse well.

PURCHASING MAINTENANCE PRODUCTS


Ceramic tile and Natural Stone cleaning products and sealants may be purchased at Accent
Tile and Marble. Consult the manufacturer of the cleaner, sealant or wax
for usage instructions and more detailed information about how its specific cleaning
solution or sealant may impact the safety, maintenance or appearance of your ceramic tile
product.

Do's and Don'ts...

Do

  • Test scouring powders on a small area first (not recommended for natural stone).
  • Use a sealer on grout joints.
  • Have any damaged or broken tiles removed and replaced only by a qualified contractor.

 

Do Not...

 

  • Use cleansers containing acid or bleach for routine maintenance.
  • Use wax cleaners, oil-based detergents or sealants to maintain your tile (sealants may be used on grout joints and natural stone).
  • Use ammonia (it will discolor grout).
  • Use harsh cleaning aids like steel wool pads or scouring pads containing metal.
  • Use a cleaning agent that contains color on unglazed